Faros is a Christian non-profit organization that provides humanitarian care and individual support to unaccompanied children and refugee youth. We are motivated by the message of the Christian love for the refugee and the children. Our vision is to see every unaccompanied child and refugee youth live with dignity and hope and be equipped to make a positive change in society. We want to take responsibility of the individual unaccompanied children and refugee youth, and help them find safety, discover their worth, and build a future perspective.
We are a value-based organisation based on the foundation of our Christian faith. We have aholistic approach in meeting each individual, which includes compassion, trust,honesty, and competency. We are purpose-driven in our approach to meeting the real and relevant needs.
In our work, we are committed to professionalism, agility and transparency. Faros is supported by individuals, institutional donors, foundations, as well as local and international church communities.
In 2011, our co-founder, Patricia Kirk, noticed a 14-year old, unaccompanied, Afghan boy sleeping alone in one of Athens’ public parks. “His face had a lifeless expression. He was utterly invisible,” she recalls. Patricia had already spent months researching child protection in Southern Europe and was deeply moved, realizing that there was a lack of outreach and protection services for unaccompanied children. She decided to act together with co-founder Dan Biswas and through our local partner, the Presbytarian Church of Exarchia, and with support from International Aid Services and Danish church communities Faros was established in 2014.
Faros’ name translates to ‘lighthouse’ in Greek: a sign that one is nearing a safe haven. “The dream was to start a place where refugee children could find a caring environment and professional help, discover their worth, and find hope for the future”, Patricia says.